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Wazen review – what we thought

Hot on the heels of the newly opened Japanese restaurant, Wazen, we were keen to head down and check it out for ourselves after covering the opening. The restaurant has key location on a corner road with Kings Cross station nearby providing plenty of places to head out after lining your stomach. I am instantly struck by the clean décor which looks distinctly Japanese with the stark wooden chairs and bare hanging light bulbs, I love the edgy look but it doesn’t feel too welcoming at the same time. The venue was worryingly empty when we arrived but luckily Wazen boasts […]

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James Bond Afternoon Tea Review – What We Thought

I have something terrible to confess, I have never seen a James Bond film. I get the gist of it, suave men, beautiful girls, gadgets, chases and fast cars, but alas apparently my lack of watching makes me socially incompetent at the moment with all the talk of Spectre. It didn’t help that I had been calling it Septre for quite a while either… You know what I have done though? I have had a James Bond inspired afternoon tea so that definitely gives me Bond points.  A good one at that. This said afternoon tea is being served in […]

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James Bond Afternoon Tea Review – What We Thought

I have something terrible to confess, I have never seen a James Bond film. I get the gist of it, suave men, beautiful girls, gadgets, chases and fast cars, but alas apparently my lack of watching makes me socially incompetent at the moment with all the talk of Spectre. It didn’t help that I had been calling it Septre for quite a while either… You know what I have done though? I have had a James Bond inspired afternoon tea so that definitely gives me Bond points.  A good one at that. This said afternoon tea is being served in […]

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Bernardi’s Review – What We Thought

You’d be forgiven for thinking that Bernardi’s has been opened for a while, it’s got that relaxed, easy going feel of a restaurant that knows what it’s doing and knows how to do it well. It was also, for a Wednesday night, surprisingly busy even for London. Situated on the corner of Seymour Street and Seymour Place, the modern Italian restaurant is run by brothers Gabriel and Marcello Bernardi and their team – we tried to count how many waitresses and waiters there were, we didn’t manage it, but there were a lot. They’ve gone for an elegant but casual […]

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Halva Bakery Review – What We Thought

As much as we love our raw juices and porridge for breakfast, when the weather is cold, it’s Friday and you have a day off from the office, we yearn for something a little more indulgent. And finding myself in just this situation I dropped into the Halva Bakery on Fulham Road for breakfast. We told you about it back in May when it first opened, but here’s a recap, owned by the professionally trained baker Lila Sarhang Zadeh, Halva means ‘something sweet’ because alongside their fresh breads and croissants they serve up tarts, cakes, pastries and macarons.      […]

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Sanook Spa Facial Review – What We Thought

If you’re anything like me you wince every time you’re slapped in the face by a blast of dirty underground air. Throw in the Autumn chill and dry indoor heating and the idea of a facial was most welcome. And what better time than National Chocolate Week when Sanook Spa were offering a special Chocolate Facial. The spa is in the basement of the 5 star Courthouse Hotel, just down from Liberty. Much smaller than I expected, it was very well equipped and I’d imagine that during the day it would be very peaceful. I arrived at 6pm, flustered and straight from […]

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Sanook Spa Facial Review – What We Thought

If you’re anything like me you wince every time you’re slapped in the face by a blast of dirty underground air. Throw in the Autumn chill and dry indoor heating and the idea of a facial was most welcome. And what better time than National Chocolate Week when Sanook Spa were offering a special Chocolate Facial. The spa is in the basement of the 5 star Courthouse Hotel, just down from Liberty. Much smaller than I expected, it was very well equipped and I’d imagine that during the day it would be very peaceful. I arrived at 6pm, flustered and straight from […]

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Boulestin review – what we thought

Located in the affluent area of St James’s, the recently opened Boulestin has already done itself a service by choosing such an enviable home to set up shop. The French restaurant has several other reasons to count itself smug including a hidden courtyard, large private dining space and high quality cuisine served morning till evening. Kicking things off with the starters we opted for the Seared Scallops served with Rainbow Cauliflowers, Truffles and, most interestingly, a White Chocolate & Vanilla Sauce. The sauce sounds more like it belongs in the dessert section but is actually well placed in the savoury […]

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Boulestin review – what we thought

Located in the affluent area of St James’s, the recently opened Boulestin has already done itself a service by choosing such an enviable home to set up shop. The French restaurant has several other reasons to count itself smug including a hidden courtyard, large private dining space and high quality cuisine served morning till evening. Kicking things off with the starters we opted for the Seared Scallops served with Rainbow Cauliflowers, Truffles and, most interestingly, a White Chocolate & Vanilla Sauce. The sauce sounds more like it belongs in the dessert section but is actually well placed in the savoury […]

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Rudie’s review – what we thought

Rudie’s has travelled all the way from Jamaica to drop down in Dalston where the new venue is primely located on the corner, a few minutes’ walk from Dalston Kingsland. Upon arrival we were greeted with a wall of smoke from the corner open plan kitchen, although the people inside seemed unaffected it wasn’t the best of starts. Once inside it eased off, or we adjusted but either way we settled in fine and started perusing the cocktail menu.   For such a new restaurant, it was quickly brimming with people, perhaps partially due to the great coverage it has […]

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Bourne & Hollingsworth Review – What We Thought

Passing through the silent cobbled streets of Farringdon you turn the corner to find a cosy fairy-lit pub on one side and a wine bar on the other. The best surprise of all was stumbling upon Bourne & Hollingsworth with the huge painted front and enormous swaying Union Jack, confirmation that we had indeed been heading in the right direction. In honour of new executive chef, Adam Gray, and his new winter menu, a press dinner was held at a huge marble-topped table in the greenhouse area. Part jungle, part luxurious garden nursery, the greenhouse was the perfect area for […]

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London Cabaret Club Review – What We Thought

To mark the release of Spectre and the fact that they have acquired a new home, The London Cabaret Club has been hosting a series of James Bond inspired evenings, London Never Dies, at the Bloomsbury Ballroom which will soon be their fixed address. So in want of something a little more refined than the pub on a Friday night, we headed over to Holborn to check it out. Stepping into the art-deco building you leave London behind and enter a world of mesmerising acts, glittering costumes and spellbinding performances. The evening starts in the Rose Lounge with Bond themed […]

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